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Survey Shows Utahns Want Legislature to Tackle Education and Air Quality

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January 31, 2014

Salt Lake City – A new statewide survey shows that Utahns want the State Legislature to tackle public education and air quality as the two most important issues facing the state right now. The survey, which was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates and the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business from January 23 to January 25, shows the top 20 issues in rank order. Protecting states’ rights, increasing the number of jobs and improving the ethics and oversight of elected officials rounded out the top five.

“Public education always receives among the highest, if not the highest, ranking among Utahns as they consider the job that needs to be done by the Utah Legislature,” said Dan Jones, the founder and CEO of Dan Jones & Associates. “The newcomer this year is air quality. The public simply wants to see something done to improve Utah’s air.”

The data comes from the inaugural monthly survey launched by Dan Jones & Associates and the David Eccles School of Business. The Utah Business Sentiment Survey will provide a monthly indicator of business conditions, policy preferences and current issues facing the state of Utah. This month’s survey focused on the 2014 General Legislative Session.

A random group of respondents was asked: “What are the top three legislative priorities for the Utah Legislature to tackle?” Responses, which included 1,622 respondents, were then ranked on a weighted scale. Participants in the survey originate from a database of Utahns by mail, landline telephone, cell phone and e-mail. Here are the results:

 

Priority

Weighted Scale

Improving the quality of education in kindergarten through 12th grade

1.0

Decreasing pollution

.74

Protecting states’ rights

.51

Increasing the number of quality jobs

.37

Improving the ethics and oversight of elected state and local officials

.31

Creating a business-friendly economy

.30

Expanding the availability of health care coverage

.25

Lowering the costs of health care

.24

Increasing the state’s amount of water supply

.24

Protecting gun rights

.22

Decreasing taxes

.22

Preventing illegal immigration

.20

Providing non-discrimination laws for gays and lesbians

.20

Decreasing state government spending

.18

Lowering the cost of energy, such as utilities and gasoline prices

.18

Investing in transportation infrastructure

.16

Improving the quality of education at Utah’s colleges and universities

.13

Allowing mining and grazing on federal lands in Utah

.11

Reducing crime

.06

Expanding consumer protections

.02

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